Are you planning to watch Obama stand before Congress and insult the nation tonight? I’m not. I’ve also sent emails to my US Congresscritters and asking why they bother. Senator Bullmoose…Blunt will be speaking as the opposition which is a joke since he is known to vote as a Demlite whenever the chips are down.
So, why bother? Obama will brag that he’ll ignore Congress and write any edict on any issue at any time. Harry Reid will block any opposition, little that there will be with McConnell as the Minority Leader.
Even some of the Washington media are asking the same question.
Obama has been losing his TV audience — literally.
With the State of the Union proving ever less entrancing for viewers, the White House is desperate to turn the speech into a multiday event in an effort to bolster interest in Mr. Obama’s policies, even if people don’t tune in to hear his words.
The recent tradition is for presidents to deliver their State of the Union address, travel to several key cities, then head to the legislative trenches to fight for their key policies.
In an email to supporters, the White House urged Americans to “stick around after the speech” and go online to see White House aides expand on the key parts of the president’s address. The email also invited supporters to tweet their favorite moments and encouraged them to come back later in the week for more question-and-answer sessions, including Friday’s video exchange with the president.
“No matter how you watch, we have a version that fits your experience,” the White House said in its email.
President Obama, in the first of potentially many executive actions tied to his State of the Union address, will unilaterally increase the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour, from $7.25, in an effort to build momentum for a minimum wage hike for all Americans.
The executive order, which had been pushed by progressive Democratic lawmakers, applies to all contractors performing services for the federal government and would affect more than 2 million employees, according to an administration official.
The president will then use Tuesday night’s address to press Congress to pass a Democratic plan to increase the overall federal wage to $10.10 over three years, then indexing it to inflation, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers, the official said.
Critics of the minimum wage push claim that raising the rate could have an adverse effect, discouraging businesses from hiring more workers at a time when the government is trying to spur job growth.
“The minimum wage is mostly an entry level wage for young people,” Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell told “Fox News Sunday.” “We have a crisis in employment among young people right now, and generation 18 to 30, people that got out of college, are finding there are no jobs for them. The last thing we want to do is have even fewer jobs for younger people.”
But the president is reviving the issue as he tries to focus again on the economy. Obama, who does not have the power to unilaterally raise the minimum wage for private sector workers, also used last year’s State of the Union speech to call for a federal minimum wage hike.